The Power of Beauty

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9780060171407: The Power of Beauty

An examination of the changes in women's attitudes about self-esteem, appearance, and sexuality over the past twenty-five years journeys from the fashion runways of Paris to the two-parent nursery, from the diaphragm to the WonderBra. 150,000 first printing. $175,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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The whole notion that beauty is somehow politically incorrect is not exactly Nancy Friday's cup of tea. "Beauty is a player," she writes in The Power of Beauty, "Stalking the streets bare-breasted, stiletto heeled, fly unzipped." One of the more successful sex gurus of the last couple decades, Friday believes that the world would be a much better place if women could only stop pretending that beauty isn't important. And of course it wouldn't hurt if they started enjoying sex a little more, too: "It is a terrible waste of natural resources that we don't ... educate women to beam post-orgasmically upon the world."

About the Author:

Nancy Friday was raised by a single mother in Charleston, South Carolina, before moving to New York in the early 60s. Since 1988, she has been married to Time Inc. editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine. They live in Key West and Connecticut, and dream of traveling the world with one small suitcase. Her background in journalism has included work for Cosmopolitan, and she has been Writer in Residence at The Examiner. She is the author of six previous books, including My Secret Garden, Forbidden Flowers, Jealousy, Women on Top, Men in Love, and the international bestseller, My Mother/My Self.

Hailed by the Detroit News as being "Nancy Friday, Unplugged," The Power of Beauty, her seventh book, is this provocative and controversial author's strongest yet.

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